Labor trafficker sentenced for encouraging the illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, including unaccompanied minors, into the United States
Two Mexican citizens were charged with illegally reentering the United States after multiple deportations, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.
Joel Tovar-Leon, 36, was previously deported four times when he was found in Ohio on Feb. 26, according to the indictment.
Rogelio Cervantes-Huezo, 45, was found in Ohio on Feb. 26 after having been previously deported, according to the indictment.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
The cases were investigated by the United States Border Patrol and are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Freeman.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.